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International Round-up

12 September 2012

Wilfried Zaha played his part in helping the England under 21s qualify for the Euro 2013 play-offs by playing in both the Young Lions' victories during the international break.

The exciting winger picked up his second cap in Thursday's 2-0 win away to Azerbaijan, and nearly scored his first international goal but saw a first-half effort blocked on the line. He was substituted for Leicester City's Ben Marshall just after the hour.

Wilf then played the final 17 minutes as England secured qualification thanks to Connor Wickham's goal that gave them a 1-0 win at Chesterfield on Monday night.

Elsewhere, there were mixed fortunes for the rest of the Eagles' international contingent.

Darcy Blake played his first games for Wales as a Palace player but saw his Welsh side go down 2-0 to Belgium in Cardiff on Friday, before the Red Dragons were thrashed 6-1 in Serbia to give them the worst possible start to the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Jonny Williams was called up to the squad but is still to make his full international debut after watching both games from the bench, alongside Lewis Price.

Australia's Mile Jedinak played the second half of both the Socceroos' 3-0 friendly win over Lebanon last week, as well as a shock 2-1 defeat in  Jordan to leave qualification for the World Cup in the balance after the Aussies failed to win their first three games.

The 2014 hosts Brazil continued their series of friendly matches to prepare themselves for the showpiece, and beat South Africa 1-0 thanks to a Hulk goal. Kagiso Dikgacoi played the whole 90 minutes for Bafana Bafana in Sao Paulo over the weekend before sitting out of their friendly win over Mozambique.

Palace's other international Jonathan Parr was consigned to bench duty as Norway began their attempt to qualify for a first major tournament since Euro 2000 as they lost 2-0 to Iceland before beating Slovenia 2-1.

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